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Performing Medieval Narrative

Performing Medieval Narrative

by Evelyn Birge Vitz
     
 
This book provides the first comprehensive study of the performance of medieval narrative, using examples from England and the Continent and a variety of genres to examine the crucial question of whether - and how - medieval narratives were indeed intended for performance. Moving beyond the familiar dichotomy between oral and written literature, the various

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This book provides the first comprehensive study of the performance of medieval narrative, using examples from England and the Continent and a variety of genres to examine the crucial question of whether - and how - medieval narratives were indeed intended for performance. Moving beyond the familiar dichotomy between oral and written literature, the various contributions emphasize the range and power of medieval performance traditions, and demonstrate that knowledge of the modes and means of performance is crucial for appreciating medieval narratives. The book is divided into four main parts, with each essay engaging with a specific issue or work, relating it to larger questions about performance. It first focuses on representations of the art of medieval performers of narrative. It then examines relationships between narrative performances and the material books that inspired, recorded, or represented them. The next section studies performance features inscribed in texts and the significance of considering performability. The volume concludes with contributions by present-day professional performers who bring medieval narratives to life for contemporary audiences. Topics covered include orality, performance, storytelling, music, drama, the material book, public reading, and court life.

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From the Publisher
This excellent collection proves that on the stage, oral and gestural performance are just as important as texts. (It) is warmly recommended for purchase by university libraries and schools of acting. FIFTEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES This excellent collection proves that on the stage, oral and gestural performance are just as important as texts. FIFTEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES Will be of interest to historians of performance as well as to literary historians. ARTHURIANA Brings together a rich variety of insights regarding the performance of many different types of medieval narrative. ECONOMIA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843840398
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
05/26/2005
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Evelyn Birge Vitz is Professor of French and Affiliated Professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies at New York University, USA.

Nancy Freeman Regalado is Professor of French at New York University, USA.

Marilyn Lawrence is a Visiting Scholar of the French Department at New York University, USA.

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